Tarnation was quite an interesting documentary to watch. It was both fascinating yet disturbing at the same time. Further, it appeared to have no structure other than chronological time when watching it for the first time. It wasn’t until after I had done the readings and critically thought about it that I was able to form my own opinion on John Caouette semi-autobiography.
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This film shows that while a camera is an invasive object, it’s sometimes is the only way to make sense of your surroundings and overcome obstacles. Further, Caouette’s presentation of his family through his own perspective, not only allows us (the viewers) to connect or sympathize with him because we can relate to some of the experiences, but it also shows us how Caouette overcame a great deal of hardship (his mother’s overdose, hospitalization and his disorder) to become the successful person he is today.
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